Heath Cram Leaves Flutter to Join 4Poker as COO
Heath Cram has joined start-up 4Poker as Chief Operating Officer (COO).
The 15-plus-year industry veteran will take up his new role effective immediately following his departure from Flutter Entertainment where he served as Senior Director of Operations for its International division.
The experience he acquired there will likely serve him well at 4Poker, where he will be responsible for the overall commercial operations and strategy of the business.
Cram also boasts a lengthy tenure at PokerStars, where he most recently served as Director of Operations for Product and Programme.
His career there began in 2006 and, despite a brief period between 2016 and 2017 when he worked for data company Sportradar, continued until he joined Flutter in 2019.
In his time at PokerStars, Cram held various leadership roles, including BetStars Acting MD and Director of Sports Business Development and Operations.
Cram was excited to tackle a new role, remarking: “It was hard to resist the contagious passion and energy of the 4Poker team.
“I’m really excited to be joining such a focused team of poker players creating a new platform for players and being part of what is shaping up to be the second online poker boom.”
Cram has been tasked with guiding 4Poker’s so-called “strategic vision” ahead of its debut. The start-up is planning a soft launch to some invited guests, trialling the product through Q4.
“I’ve always loved poker, so mixing that with the excitement of a start-up, I’m very much looking forward to this opportunity,” concluded Cram.
Sportradar Wins Major Bid for ATP Rights
Sportradar has been selected as the successful bidder for the global ATP data and betting streaming rights starting 2024. It follows an extensive RFP process led by Tennis Data Innovations (TDI).
Sportradar is a world leading sports technology company, providing immersive experiences for sports fans and bettors worldwide. The company has been a supplier of official ATP Tour and Challenger Tour secondary data feeds since the start of 2022 and boasts a roster of partnerships spanning professional sports.
The RFP process was initiated by TDI in January 2023 and saw five bidders submit detailed proposals across multiple rounds, for a six-year rights cycle beginning in 2024. The process took to market rights that have grown significantly in value over more than a decade. The process followed the setup in 2020 of TDI as a specialist joint venture vehicle of ATP and ATP Media to oversee innovation, development and commercial management of all data and betting streaming products for the ATP Tour and ATP Challenger Tour.
Sportradar’s commitment to product innovation for the downstream market and unrivalled development in advanced technologies such as computer vision and AI, in addition to its industry leading integrity services, were key considerations in the selection process.
David Lampitt, CEO of TDI, said: “We are grateful to all the bidders who showed such commitment to our content throughout the selection process. Sportradar has been chosen as the best partner to deliver against our growth ambitions due to their combination of product capabilities, global reach and an innovative commercial model that preserved our ability to share in the continued growth of this market.
“Since the establishment of TDI, our mission has been clear – to create the most engaging data & streaming products and services for existing tennis fans and bring new fans to the game. If we get this right, we will deliver great returns for the sport. The competitive nature of this process, as well as the compelling successful bid from Sportradar, reflects the incredible value of ATP content. We look forward to forging a successful partnership together.”
Carsten Koerl, CEO of Sportradar, said: “We are delighted that TDI has selected Sportradar as the successful bidder to support the enormous growth of the sport of tennis. The capabilities and global scale of our offerings will provide betting operators innovative, best-in-class products and tech savvy tennis fans a richer, more immersive experience that only Sportradar can deliver. Our expertise in developing advanced technologies, including computer vision and AI which create advanced analytics and data visualization, will drive new, compelling ways for fans to engage with tennis, while also safeguarding and upholding its integrity.”
TDI and Sportradar will now work to agree and finalise contractual terms in preparation for the new rights cycle, starting from January 1, 2024.
Sports Betting Global Market Report 2023: Rapid Growth of the eSports Sector Presents Opportunities
The “Sports Betting Market Size, Share & Trends Analysis Report By Platform, By Betting Type (Fixed Odds Wagering, Exchange Betting, Live/In-Play Betting, eSports Betting), By Sports Type, By Region, And Segment Forecasts, 2023 – 2030” report has been added to ResearchAndMarkets’s offering.
The global sports betting market size is estimated to reach USD 182.12 billion by 2030, registering a CAGR of 10.3% from 2023 to 2030.
This growth of the market is driven by the proliferation of internet infrastructure and evolving regulatory landscape of the entire gambling industry across the world.
In addition, the increase in the number of sports events and leagues worldwide such as the NFL, FIFA World Cup, Carabao Cup, and UEFA Europa League has positively influenced the growth of the market.
Furthermore, an increase in disposable income and the rising usage of AI and blockchain technologies to improve the prediction algorithms in betting software are likely to boost the growth of the market during the forecast period.
Esports, which is an organized, multiplayer video game competition, played by professional players, individuals, or teams, has gained massive popularity during the COVID-19 pandemic and witnessed a surge in the number of events worldwide. Market players are utilizing the increased number of esports events to offer an opportunity for their customers to bet on such esports competitions and earn extra income.
The surge in online sports events backed up by a rise in the number of esports tournaments offers stable growth opportunities for the betting industry. For instance, according to the report by the U.K. Gambling Commission, there was a huge 2922% year-on-year rise in esports betting revenue from March 2019 to March 2020.
Major players in the global betting industry now operate via official websites and online platforms to cater to the increased demand for sports betting. Additionally, the market players are expanding their presence across countries with supportive regulatory compliance. For instance, in December 2021, Unikrn Inc., a global esports betting & entertainment media company introduced its betting platform in Canada and Brazil. In addition to this launch, the company has further announced to increase its presence across a greater number of regulated markets in 2023.
The lives of multiple households around the globe have been affected during the COVID-19 pandemic. In addition, this situation led to the cancellation of worldwide sports matches and the closure of land-based casinos and betting shops. However, the pandemic expanded the online sports betting industry due to the rise of esports and virtual sporting events. The popularity of online sports betting increased during the pandemic with an upsurge in the number of betting participants. For instance, according to a study conducted by Public Health England, online casino gambling had seen growth by nearly 9.0% during the pandemic. Furthermore, as per the GB Gambling Commission survey, betting habits among people have changed due to Covid-19, with mobile devices continuing to be the most popular medium for gambling. The survey also found a massive inclination towards esports betting across the globe.
Sports Betting Market Report Highlights
- North America is expected to witness a CAGR of around 11% during the forecast period. The U.S. has legalized sports betting in 36 states as of January 2023, which is a promoting factor for the regional market growth
- The online platform segment dominated the market in 2022 and is expected to showcase the highest CAGR during the forecast period
- The fixed-odds wagering segment accounted for a significant market share in 2022. However, the eSports betting segment is likely to witness growth at the fastest CAGR during the forecast period owing to the surge in demand for interactive games
- Football, also known as soccer, registered the highest market share in 2022. Horseracing, followed by football, is extremely popular and accounted for the second-highest market share
|No. of Pages||131|
|Forecast Period||2022 – 2030|
|Estimated Market Value (USD) in 2022||$83.65 Billion|
|Forecasted Market Value (USD) by 2030||$182.12 Billion|
|Compound Annual Growth Rate||10.3%|
Key Topics Covered:
Chapter 1 Methodology And Scope
Chapter 2 Executive Summary
Chapter 3 Market Variables, Trends & Scope
Chapter 4 Sports Betting Market: Platform Estimates & Trend Analysis
4.1 Market Size Estimates & Forecasts And Trend Analysis, 2018 – 2030 (USD Billion)
4.2 Platform Movement Analysis & Market Share, 2022 & 2030
Chapter 5 Sports Betting Market: Betting Type Estimates & Trend Analysis
5.1 Market Size Estimates & Forecasts And Trend Analysis, 2018 – 2030 (USD Billion)
5.2 Betting Type Movement Analysis & Market Share, 2022 & 2030
5.3 Fixed Odds Wagering
5.4 Exchange Betting
5.5 Live/In-Play Betting
5.6 Esports Betting
Chapter 6 Sports Type Estimates And Trend Analysis
6.1 Market Size Estimates & Forecasts And Trend Analysis, 2018 – 2030 (USD Billion)
6.2 Sports Type Movement Analysis & Market Share, 2022 & 2030
6.6 Horse Racing
Chapter 7 Regional Estimates & Trend Analysis
Chapter 8 Competitive Analysis
Chapter 9 Competitive Landscape
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CT Interactive Representatives to Visit Enada Gaming Exhibition
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Heading to Rimini to meet with partners and new clients are Milena Tsankarska, Head of Business Development EMEA at CT Interactive, and Antonio Donov, Business Development Manager EMEA at CT Interactive. They will demonstrate during their meetings at the trade show the company’s vision and offerings over the coming months.
“Enada is a significant event for our company because the Italian market is of key importance to CT Interactive. Our games and jackpot were certified for the local market in 2021, and since then, we are successfully penetrating the jurisdiction with several content distribution deals. Our main goal is to help operators expand their game offering portfolio and attract new clients,” Milena Tsankarska, Head of Business Development EMEA at CT Interactive, said.
Interested companies and potential clients have already booked meetings with the team to learn more about the company’s products.
“We are pleased that various operators are showing great interest in our portfolio. Our team is confident that through this exhibition, we will meet many new clients and strengthen our presence in Italy,” Antonio Donov, Business Development Manager EMEA at CT Interactive, said.
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